A scapegoat is an informal word often used to describe someone who can be blamed for something they did not do. You may have heard this term used several times in many political forums. For example, politicians often used the scapegoating scheme in their political campaign to win races by subtly blaming minority groups for the country’s various economic and social problems. So maybe you’ve committed a small crime and now you need someone to take the fall? Let’s find out how!

What is a scapegoat?

The term scapegoat has its origins from the Bible in the book of Leviticus. In ancient Israel, the Priests would ask the Israelites to “cast” their sins upon a goat that would then be sent away into the desert, and thus, liberating the People of God from sin. Although the entire ritual was meant to be symbolic, the practice of scapegoating has continued on for millenniums and has now gone corporate. Yes, big corporations, not just individuals, are using unsuspecting victims to blame for their failures and crimes.

The rationale behind scapegoating

When there’s problem or crime, someone has to be held accountable for the mistake. The process is always the same: identify the cause of a problem and fix it. This often includes a lengthy process of conducting a root cause analysis or discovering WHY something happened.

Since most people and companies are in the business of making as much money as possible within the shortest time possible, the faster the problem is fixed of the criminal case is closed, the better. Finding someone to blame for the problem is usually the first step in making the problem go away.

When a criminal mastermind knows that a crime is about to be committed or a problem is going to arise, he or she usually start to set up a back story or “backup people” to lead crime solvers to a likely source. For example, an embezzling executive may hire new people in senior positions who are clueless of the faults in the company’s financial system. Before the new personnel can understand what’s happening, the damage is done, and the criminal masterminds have escaped from the falling house of cards. The best kind of scapegoating doesn’t solve the problem too cleanly, but instead creates a loop where the problem reoccurs, and a new patsy is set up to take the fall.

Here’s how to start the blame game

1.     Identify the parties to be involved.

Whenever you plan on lying or committing a crime, it’s important to first identify the parties to be involved in your scheme. At this point, you may want to consider your close allies who will be part of the conspiracy and the scapegoats of your plot.

2.     Identify the weakest link.

Once you’ve identified who will be part of the scheme, the next step is to identify the weakest link. This has to be a person or an entity that is oblivious to crime, but also a likely suspect. It could be an external partner or a third party vendor within the transactional chain. Convicted offenders are the best culprits since statistically, they are more likely to get arrested again as early as three years after finishing their sentence. The farther and less personal the connection, the better. Be sure to sever any links (especially invisible digital ones) you may have with your soon-to-be scapegoat so that no fingers will come pointing back to you.

3.     Be prepared to go under the radar.

Once you’ve pinned the crime on your scapegoat and executed your plan, you may want to have a backup plan incase things go south. This is where having an offshore account or cash-at-hand can literally be a life saver. As a potential criminal, perjury, conspiracy to commit a crime, and fraud will be the tip of the iceberg for the array of charges you will likely face in court. As a fugitive, you will need the skills and tips on How to Evade the Police 101!


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